History Film / TheBirdcage

24th Aug '16 3:09:28 AM 06tele
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* LethalChef: Agador is not a chef but must pretend to be one. His concoction could be only called "Sweet and Sour Peasant soup" if you define "soup" as "some barely edible liquid you eat in a bowl". No-one was interested in seconds. A deleted scene shows that Katherine actually loved the stuff, instantly making her Agador's favorite person in the world.

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* LethalChef: Agador is not a chef but must pretend to be one. His concoction of tomatoes, shrimps and eggs could be only called "Sweet and Sour Peasant soup" Soup" if you define "soup" as "some barely edible liquid you eat in a bowl". No-one was interested in seconds. A deleted scene shows that Katherine actually loved the stuff, instantly making her Agador's favorite person in the world.


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** Armand says of Drag!Albert-as-Val's-Mom that "She's travelled around the world but deep down she's still a girl from Grover's Corners," a reference to the titular town of Creator/ThorntonWilder's 1938 play ''Theatre/OurTown'', which Senator Keeley clearly regards as a beloved classic.[[note]]You do wonder if Senator Keeley is aware that Thornton Wilder was gay.[[/note]]
24th Aug '16 2:48:58 AM 06tele
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-->'''Senator Keeley''': Of course, it's wrong to kill an abortion doctor. I don't agree with them, but many sincerely feel, stop the doctors,

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-->'''Senator Keeley''': Of course, it's wrong to kill an abortion doctor. I don't agree with them, but many sincerely feel, stop the doctors,doctors, you stop the abortions.
24th Aug '16 2:48:19 AM 06tele
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* InnocentBigot: Part of Albert's disguise as Val's mother. Senator Keeley totally falls for it.
-->'''Senator Keeley''': Of course, it's wrong to kill an abortion doctor. I don't agree with them, but many sincerely feel, stop the doctors,
-->'''Drag!Albert''': That's ridiculous! The doctors are only doing their jobs. Better to kill the mothers. That will stop them.
-->'''Armand''': May I see you a moment, dear?
-->'''Drag!Albert''': I know, I know. If you kill the mother, the fetus dies too. But the fetus is going to be aborted, so let it go down with the ship.
24th Aug '16 2:42:47 AM 06tele
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* BaitAndSwitch: When Val first appears, he and Armand exchange compliments, Armand offers him a drink and mentions that he's given Agador the night off, "so we're all alone, as requested", giving the impression that Val is Armand's handsome younger lover who Armand has to keep secret from Albert. Val then announces that he's getting married and asks if Armand's upset, further reinforcing the idea that the story is going to be some kind of tragic love triangle. Then he addresses Armand as "Pop".
24th Aug '16 2:12:28 AM 06tele
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* BeYourself: The whole reason Albert disguises himself as Val's mother is that he can't help but be this trope: his efforts to come across as Val's straight, conservative uncle are spoiled by things like his inability to not wear pink socks. He's at his most relaxed when he's in drag, which is why he makes for a more convincing mother than an uncle.


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24th Aug '16 1:54:30 AM 06tele
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* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Senator Keeley in drag and his driver.
-->'''Senator Keeley''': Meet me in 20 minutes at the corner of El Dorado and Palm.
-->'''Driver''': Lady, not for a million dollars.
24th Aug '16 1:46:02 AM 06tele
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* VillainousBSOD: Keeley is so stunned by the revelation that nice, sensible Mrs Coleman is a drag queen that he spends several minutes in a daze.
24th Aug '16 1:42:34 AM 06tele
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* GagPenis: Invoked by Albert after he's been revealed to be a man.
-->'''Albert''': [''to Keeley''] Kevin, nothing has changed. It's still me. With one tiny difference. --Well, not ''tiny''.
24th Aug '16 1:40:36 AM 06tele
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Unbeknownst to Barbara's parents, however, is that Val's family is a Jewish, gay couple that owns a South Beach drag club called The Birdcage. Not only does Val's father Armand Goldman (Robin Williams) live above and run the club, but his partner Albert (Nathan Lane) is the show's star drag queen "Starina". With the Keeleys already driving down from Ohio, the Goldmans have to quickly [[FawltyTowersPlot pile together a story and drastically redecorate]], recreating themselves as the "Coldman" family and CampGay Albert as an Uncle in the hope the can get past HeteronormativeCrusader Keeley.

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Unbeknownst to Barbara's parents, however, is that Val's family is a Jewish, gay couple that owns a South Beach drag club called The Birdcage. Not only does Val's father Armand Goldman (Robin Williams) live above and run the club, but his partner Albert (Nathan Lane) is the show's star drag queen "Starina". With the Keeleys already driving down from Ohio, the Goldmans have to quickly [[FawltyTowersPlot pile together a story and drastically redecorate]], recreating themselves as the "Coldman" "Coleman" family and CampGay Albert as an Uncle in the hope the can get past HeteronormativeCrusader Keeley.
6th Aug '16 5:05:00 PM ngh93
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